Tag: AK News

907 Updates April 16, 2021

KTUU Alaska’s News Source: Anchorage reports first revenue from new alcohol tax; Stunning motifs, small canvases: Alaskan keeps pysanky tradition alive in Anchorage and more ->
 
 
 
 
KYUK, Public Media for Alaska’s Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta: Yup’ik Spelling Bee Inspires Inupiaq Spelling Bee and more ->
 
 
 
 
Alaska Native News: Winners of Alaska Junior Duck Stamp Contest Announced; State of Alaska Intervenes in Willow Project Lawsuit; Governor Dunleavy Orders Investigation into Unauthorized Sharing of DHSS Information; This Day In Alaska History April 16th, 1959 and more ->
 
 
 
 
Fairbanks News Webcenter 11: Alaska Community Forest Council offers grants in celebration of Arbor Day; UAF receives 9.3 million dollar grant for HAARP facility, studying the ionosphere; Taking to the skies, Fairbanks based smokejumpers conduct spring training and more->
 
 
 
 
By Rachel Cassandra, Narratively: How to Stay Sane as a Female Deckhand in Alaska As one of very few women working in Alaska salmon country, I learned how to gut a fish and swallow its heart. But an even harder trick was navigating the torrential sea of masculinity.
 
 
 
 
Suzanne Downing, Editor, Must Read Alaska: Friday Newsletter – Monkey-humans, yelling assembly members, and campaign antics
Kasilof’s Jack Brown memorial

In the official obituary for Kasilof’s Jack E. Brown, who passed away on Feb. 24, 2021 at age 73 from a sudden-onset illness, the family wrote that the cause of his death is unknown, but they think it was the Covid-19 vaccine he had three days earlier. A public memorial service in celebration of Jack’s life will be held 1 p.m. Saturday April 24, 2021 at Cook Inlet Academy, 45872 Kalifornsky Beach Rd. Soldotna. An informal reception will follow the service 3-6 p.m. at Jack & Debbie’s home in Kasilof.

Jack served on the Kenai Borough Assembly for 14 years.
 
 
 
 
Kate Petersen | Center for Ecosystem Science and Society: Deciduous trees offset carbon loss from Alaskan boreal fires, new study out of NAU finds
 
 
 
 
Craig Medred: Fleeing COVID

907 Updates April 14 & 15, 2021

KTUU Alaska’s News Source: Tow truck driver rescues injured eagle near mile 80 of the Parks Highway; NTSB public board meeting scheduled for fatal 2019 plane collision near Ketchikan; Make a Wish: Eagle River teen became NFL pro for the day; New LGBTQ+ health clinic opens; Anchorage thrift store: Second-hand shopping is on the rise during the pandemic and more ->
 
 
 
 
KTOO Public Media: Ketchikan police investigate racist, homophobic graffiti at local skate park and trail; Juneau’s suburbs are putting a lot of stuff down the drain that they shouldn’t and more ->
 
 
 
 

KYUK Public Media for Alaska’s Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta: Bethel City Council Tables Sugary Beverage Tax Hearing and more ->
 
 
 
 
Alaska Native News: Car Thief and Two-time Felon Sentenced to Over Four Years in Prison for Illegally Possessing a Firearm; Bethel, Tuluksak and Chevak Communities Discuss Disaster Processes With the State; This Day In Alaska History April 14th, 1950 & April 15th, 1929 and more ->
 
 
 
 
Fairbanks News Webcenter 11: WATCH: Army conducts live fire Apache training outside of Fairbanks; Alaska Department of Public Safety seeks public comment on regulation change and more ->
 
 
 
 
The Arctic Sounder: Bird calendar continues tradition of showcasing region’s young artists; Sours takes crown in Gunner 120 and more ->
 
 
 
 
Suzanne Downing, Editor, Must Read Alaska: Wednesday Newsletter – Anchorage Assembly OKs extending emergency authority of acting mayor
 
 
 
 
Craig Medred: Hunting trust
 
 
 
 
By Megan McDonald, Only In Your State Alaska: If You Can Pronounce These 7 Words, You Can Call Yourself An Alaskan
 
 
By Megan McDonald, Only In Your State Alaska: The Best BBQ Restaurant In Alaska You Simply Can’t Stay Away From
 
 
By Megan McDonald, Only In Your State Alaska: Hike Through The Alaskan Forest For Peekaboo Views Of Prince William Sound

907 Updates April 13, 2021

KTUU Alaska’s News Source: NTSB preliminary report out on deadly helicopter crash near Knik Glacier; ‘It’s really kind of astounding’: APD’s price tag on public records; Family searching for answers after a man in Chitina went missing; Deadline approaches for Anchorage High School seniors who want to wear cultural attire at graduation and more ->
 
 
 
 
KYUK Public Media for Alaska’s Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta: 110 Days After Bethel Woman Reported Sexual Assault, Police Arrest Her Alleged Rapist; Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Tax Up For Public Hearing At Bethel City Council Again; YKHC Pauses Administering J&J COVID-19 Vaccine Following Federal Recommendation and more ->
 
 
 
 
Alaska Native News: This Day In Alaska History April 13th, 1913 and more ->
 
 
 
 
Fairbanks News Webcenter 11: How the scientific approach of One Health can help prevent the next pandemic
 
 
 
 
Craitg Medred: Ever fewer
 
 
 
 
Guitar Girl Magazine: Young singer-songwriter from Alaska, Ava Earl, on her new single “Forever Girl”
 
 
 
 
By Nany Lord, ADN: Longtime Alaska poet Tom Sexton returns to his mill town roots in a new collection
 
 
 
 
By Courtney, Only In Your Stat Alaska: There’s A Tiny Town In Alaska Completely Surrounded By Breathtaking Natural Beauty
 
 
By Courtney, Ony In Your State Alaska: The Best Deep Dish Pizza In Alaska Is Hiding In This Tiny Mountain Town

907 Updates April 12, 2021

KTUU Alaska’s News Source: Alaska Scanner Joe is now Alaska Scanner John; Hatcher Pass remains closed a week after several avalanches and more ->
 
 
 
 
KTOO Public Media: Key federal fisheries advisory panel loses Alaska Native voice; Proposed bill would allow boosting wild shellfish populations with hatchery stock; Denali Park glacier surging for the first time since 1957; A tiny home community could be a new start for Sitka’s chronically homeless and more ->
 
 
 
 
KYUK Public Media for Alaska’s Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta: 2 Yup’ik Engineers Team Up To Build Groundbreaking Yugtun Technology
 
 
 
 
Alaska Native News: Big Change on a Big Landscape; This Day In Alaska History April 12th, 1794 and more ->
 
 
 
 
Suzanne Downing, Editor, Must Read Alaska: Monday Newsletter – Dunbar loses police endorsement, Gambell snowed in, Don Young meets with Biden-Harris
 
 
 
 
Craig Medred: Protect yourself
 
 
 
 

907 Updates April 11, 2021

KTUU Alaska’s News Source: First ever battery-electric bus coming to Juneau First battery-electric bus hitting the roads April 14. More ->
 
 
 
 
KTOO Public Media: Savoonga woman to join White House council on environmental justice; At Sitka herring camp, an advocate passes down subsistence traditions; Low Stikine sockeye forecast could mean early subsistence closure and more ->
 
 
 
 
Alaska Native News: This Day In Alaska History April 11th, 1905 and more ->
 
 
 
 
Fairbanks News Webcenter 11: Hilcorp ordered to replace aging Alaska pipeline after leak; North Pole Middle School evacuates over cracked wall and more ->

907 Updates April 10, 2021

KTUU Alaska’s News Source: Anchorage Assembly meets again to discuss how to spend first half of $100 million in federal COVID-19 relief funds; Seward swimmer Lydia Jacoby takes second at Pro Swim Series in California; Former Alaska resident turned his love of baseball into a business and more ->
 
 
 
 
Alaska Native News: Congressman Don Young Welcomes Administration Decision to Halt Sale of National Archives in Seattle; This Day In Alaska History April 10th, 1885 and more ->
 
 
 
 
Fairbanks News Webcenter 11: Sci-Friday: UAF hosts 2021 One Health, One Life Conference and more ->
 
 
 
 

907 Updates April 09, 2021

KTUU Alaska’s News Source: Live updates: Three-stage winter storm moves through southern Alaska; NTSB has spoken to lone helicopter crash survivor; preliminary report to be released next week; Anchorage Festival of Music revives first classical concert in city exactly 100 years later and more ->
 
 
 
 

KTOO Public Media: House to vote on bill to protect Unangax̂ cemetery at Funter Bay; Bill would rename, add voices to state Alaska Native language council and more ->
 
 
 
 

KYUK Public Media for Alaska’s Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta: Alaska Air National Guard Rescues Crashed Pilot Near Lime Village and more ->
 
 
 
 

Alaska Native News: On This Day In Alaska History, April 9th, 1915 and more ->
 
 
 
 

Fairbanks News Webcenter 11: Cleared for landing: Airport crew plows Creamers Field for migratory birds and more ->
 
 
 
 
Very upsetting, viewer discretion advised.
Craig Medred: A family’s loss
 
 
 
 
Suzanne Downing, Editor, Must Read Alaska: Friday Newsletter – Anchorage results, Governor’s press conference on tourism
 
 
 
 
Anchorage Press: IT’S FRI-YAY! And sure, there’s more snow in the forecast with rain predicted next week, but in the meantime: the weekend!

Yesterday we told you about Alaska Industrial Hardware’s decision to mandate vaccination to its employees. While both sides of the issue have been vocal with their opinion, a new survey shows that supporters of the company mandate may be in the majority. 80% of the 3,000 Alaskans surveyed said they’re on board with vaccine passports. That’s over twenty percent higher than the national average.

Then, November will bring ranked-choice elections to the Alaska Senate race, nearly a year after Team Murkowski championed the alternative election process. Maxwell Stevens lays out the strategy behind that endorsement, and exactly how it might backfire.

Meanwhile, in Juneau, legislators are scrambling to bring state hemp pilot program into compliance with the 2018 Farm Bill, which could lead to hemp as a new cash crop for Alaska farmers.

Finally, Federal Express rides a surge of international cargo to announce the addition of hundreds of jobs!
 
 
 
 

FBI releases 2020 Internet Crime Report

From the FBI:
ANCHORAGE, Alaska – The FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) has released its annual report (see attached), which includes information from 791,790 complaints of suspected internet crime—an increase of more than 300,000 complaints from 2019—and reported losses exceeding $4.2 billion. Notably, 2020 saw the emergence of scams exploiting the COVID-19 pandemic. The IC3 received over 28,500 complaints related to COVID-19, with fraudsters targeting both businesses and individuals.

The accompanying state report for Alaska showed nearly 2,300 victims in Alaska filed complaints of suspected internet crime to IC3, and reported losses exceeding $6 million, which disproportionately affected Alaska’s senior population. In Alaska, the top three crimes reported by victims were IPR/copyright and counterfeit, extortion, and non-payment/non-delivery scams; however, victims lost the most money to business email compromise scams, romance scams, and tech support scams. These scams are described as:

IPR / Copyright and Counterfeit: Fraud involving the theft of trade secrets and counterfeit goods that threaten public health and safety.
Extortion: Unlawful extraction of money or property through intimidation or undue exercise of authority. It may include threats of physical harm, criminal prosecution, or public exposure.
Non-Payment / Non-Delivery: In non-payment situations, goods and services are shipped, but payment is never rendered. In non-delivery situations, payment is sent, but goods and services are never received.
Business Email Compromise / Email Account Compromise: BEC is a scam targeting businesses (not individuals) working with foreign suppliers and/or businesses regularly performing wire transfer payments. EAC is a similar scam that targets individuals. These sophisticated scams are carried out by fraudsters compromising email accounts through social engineering or computer intrusion techniques to conduct unauthorized transfer of funds.
Romance Scams: Most often through social media or dating sites, a victim believes they are in a relationship (family, friendly, or romantic) and are tricked into sending money, personal and financial information, or items of value to the perpetrator or to launder money or items to assist the perpetrator.
Tech Support Scams: Criminals pose as technology support representatives and offer to fix non-existent computer issues. The scammers gain remote access to victims’ devices and sensitive information.

To protect yourself from falling victim to common fraud schemes, be wary of answering phone calls from numbers you do not recognize. Do not send money or gift cards to anybody that you do not personally know and trust. Never give out your personally identifiable information over the phone or to individuals you do not know.

In some schemes, like government impersonation scams, criminals pose as government employees calling from a spoofed number and will threaten to arrest or prosecute victims unless they agree to provide funds, gift cards, or obtain personal identifiable information. These calls are fraudulent; no legitimate law enforcement officer will make unsolicited calls demanding payment, gift cards, or personally identifiable information from a member of the public.

The FBI wants to remind the public to immediately report suspected criminal internet activity to the IC3 at ic3.gov. By reporting internet crime, victims are not only alerting law enforcement to the activity, but also aiding in the overall fight against cybercrime.

Additional Resources:

2020 Internet Crime Report (pdf)
2020 State Reports
FBI: Common Scams and Crimes
FBI: Scams and Safety, Common Elder Fraud Schemes

Address/Location
Anchorage Police Department
716 W 4th Ave
Anchorage, AK 99501

Contact
Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 907-786-8900

 
 
 
 

New Wave Adventures, Only In Your State Alaska: Experience Denali National Park Like Never Before With A New Wave Adventures Rafting Tour In Alaska

907 Updates April 08, 2021

KTUU Alaska’s News Source: NTSB recovers emergency transmitter from helicopter wreckage Rescuers did not receive a signal from the transmitter. Investigators want to know why.; Anchorage Craigslist robber pleads guilty, sentenced to 9 years in prison; Make-A-Wish: Liam’s pathway to a smile; In-person browsing resumes at Anchorage Public Library locations and more ->
 
 
 
 
KTOO Public Media: UAF lands $3M grant to expand research at HAARP; NOAA awards contract for Ketchikan facility, paving way for research vessel to tie up at home port; Alaska sues PFAS makers as lawmakers seek broader action from regulators; Judge orders state to allow in-person visits for lawyers and jailed clients, whether vaccinated or not and more ->
 
 
 
 
KYUK Public Media for Alaska’s Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta: Domestic Violence Shelters To Lose Large Amount Of Federal Funding; Mertarvik Airport Receives Federal Funding, Scheduled To Open In 2022 and more ->
 
 
 
 
Fairbanks News Webcenter 11: Inside the Gates: Air Force turns to video games to find new recruits; University of Alaska Fairbanks researchers study new compound found in wintertime air; Unseasonable weather means thicker than average ice on many Fairbanks lakes and more ->
 
 
 
 
The Arctic Sounder: Alaskan named to White House environmental justice council and more ->
 
 
 
 
Matt Goff, Sitka Nature: Herring Spawn at the Park
 
 
Matt Goff, Sitka Nature: Fallen Spruce
 
 
 
 

Anchorage Press: On the Spotlight: Side Street Espresso’s 29th Anniversary and more ->
 
 
 
 

Craig Medred: Tragic loss
 
 
 
 
By Megan McDonald, Only In Your State Alaska: Get A Bird’s Eye View Of The Most Hauntingly Beautiful Parts Of Alaska’s Landscape In This Gorgeous Drone Video

907 Updates April 07, 2021

KTUU Alaska’s News Source: Anchorage grand jury indicts man accused of shooting at multiple officers in Dillingham; Fairbanks, Wasilla officials raise concerns with proposal to allow ATVs, snowmachines on state roads and more ->
 
 
 
 
KTOO Public Media: Rare avalanche cascade shuts down Hatcher Pass Road for days; Alaska Senate bill would give juveniles with long prison sentences a chance at parole and more ->
 
 
 
 
Alaska Native News: This Day In Alaska History April 7th, 1867 and more ->
 
 
 
 
Fairbanks News Webcenter 11: Defense attorney files for new trial after alleging ‘improper invasion of jury deliberations’ and more ->
 
 
 
 
The Arctic Sounder: Ryan Redington wins Kobuk 440 as only musher to complete entire course and more ->
 
 
 
 
Suzanne Downing, Editor, Must Read Alaska: Wednesday Newsletter – Anchorage Elections
 
 
 
 
Craig Medred: Secret season
 
 
 
 
The Nome Static, Transmission 683: April 2021
 
 
 
 
By Michael R Dougherty, Achorage Memories VIP: Anchorage Zoo Memories
 
 
 
 
By Megan McDonald, Only In Your State Alaska: Hike To The Base of Tanalian Falls Along This Stunning Alaskan Trail On Lake Clark
 
 
By Courtney, Only In Your State Alaska: 7 Unforgettable Road Trips To Take In Alaska Before You Die
 
 

907 Updates April 06, 2021

KTUU Alaska’s News Source: Missing man found in snow cave atop Valdez Glacier; State provides some clarity on whether businesses can require their employees to get a COVID-19 vaccine; Governor nominates Col. James Cockrell as Public Safety Commissioner; The Alaska Zoo welcomes two wolverine cubs; A garden started in January gives a glimpse of what to look forward to come summer and more ->
 
 
 
 
KYUK Public Media for Alaska’s Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta: Bethel Saturday Market Postponed Until COVID-19 Cases Decline and more ->
 
 
 
 
Alaska Native News: Governor Dunleavy Recognizes National Public Health Week; Troopers Take Armed Kasilof Man Wearing Body Armor and High on Meth into Custody Monday Night; Report: Alaska Cannot Mine its Way out of Fiscal Crisis; This Day In Alaska History April 6th, 1933 and more ->
 
 
 
 
Craig Medred: (C)old Alaska
 
 
 
 
By Ben Jones, Only In Your State Alaska: A Nature Lovers Definitive Guide To Alaska’s Natural Beauty – Parks, Beaches, Hikes And More!